Are Opioid Injections Affecting Your Life?

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Although an opioid injection addiction is a serious condition, it is never too late to get things back on track. Reach out to Turn To Help for opioid addiction support.

An opioid injection addiction can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, negatively affecting their health, family, relationships, and professional career. Those who inject opioids may face various adverse health outcomes, including the risk of overdose. Opioid-related harm has had an impact, and it is the most commonly identified class of drug in drug-related deaths in Australia.1 However, it’s important to note that with the right support and treatment, opioid injection addiction can be effectively managed, allowing individuals to regain control of their lives.

Has Your Habit Become an Addiction?

There are various signs and symptoms, both physical and psychological, that indicate if you have developed an addiction to opioid injections. Are you displaying signs of anxiety?2 Are you relying on injecting opioids to get through the day? 

While it’s unlikely that an individual will experience every symptom related to an opioid injection addiction, it is possible to experience flu-like symptoms such as nausea, sweats, and shaky hands.3

The psychological side effects of opioid use can also have implications on an individual’s health and well-being. While euphoria and calmness may be experienced initially, a change in attitude, mood swings, and irritability can also occur.3

Factors Influencing the Use of Opioid Injections

It is important to understand the reasoning and factors behind why you are injecting opioids. Below are some questions to ask yourself regarding your opioid use:

●      Are you being exposed to opioid injections by the people around you?

●      Are you reliant on opioid injections to get the sleep that you need?

●      Are you reliant on opioid injections to get you through the day?

Some people may find themselves in situations where they might using them to cope with difficult circumstances, such as professional setbacks or social pressure.4 When dealing with opioid injection addiction, it is important to understand you are not alone and it is normal to feel overwhelmed.

If you have found yourself in a situation where you are using opioid injections after being exposed to them by people close to you, it can be beneficial to distance yourself from these individuals as a way to start your recovery from opioid injection addiction. 

If you rely on opioid injections for sleep or pain relief, there are other options available to help you manage these issues and regain control of your life. Reach out to a healthcare professional for expert guidance in creating an individualised recovery plan that addresses your unique needs and concerns.    

Over time, becoming reliant on opioid injections may have a negative impact on the most important aspects of your life which is why it is beneficial to reach out for the support you need.

Admitting There’s a Problem and Accessing Support

The first step to accessing support is admitting that there is a problem. Although admitting that there is a problem can be the hardest step in the recovery process, it is also crucial in starting your recovery. You may wish to use the self-assessment tool on the Turn To Help website. The results from this tool can be printed along with a Doctor Discussion Guide in order to guide your consultation with a healthcare professional. The website can also assist you in finding a nearby doctor who can assist you in your recovery and offer specialised support.

When starting your recovery process, it is important to consider why you would like to make a change. It may be due to the overall impact opioid injections are having on your life, the impact on your friends and family, the impact on your health or the toll it is taking on your professional career and social life. No matter what the reason, seeking help from a doctor is the best way to receive personalised advice about the next steps and avoid the potential health complications of an opioid injection addiction. 

Before attending your first doctor’s appointment, you may want to consider accessing the Doctor Discussion Guide on the Turn To Help website. This resource can offer a few factors to discuss with your doctor, such as why you inject opioids, how often you inject opioids, how ready and motivated you are to make a change and the status of your relationships, health, and career.

Reach Out To Turn To Help Today

If you feel that opioid use is negatively affecting your life, it is best to seek support and speak to a doctor. A doctor can help you avoid any side effects caused by opioids, which in turn can improve your energy, sleep and overall well-being.

Taking control of your opioid use will assist in improving your relationships with friends and family and allow you to take charge of your life once again. There is a wide range of support and resource options available at Turn To Help for those who are affected by an opioid injection addiction.

References: 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Opioid-Induced Deaths in Australia. Available at: https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/opioid-induced-deaths-australia#:~:text=There%20were%20438%20heroin%2Dinduced,focusses%20on%20opioid%2Dinduced%20deaths. Accessed 31 July 2023.  2. American Psychiatric Association. Opioid Use Disorder. Available at: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/opioid-use-disorder. Accessed 23 May 2024. 3. New York State. Department Of Health. Opioids: Recognizing the Signs. Available at: https://www.health.ny.gov/community/opioid_epidemic/signs.htm. Accessed 24 April 2024.4. Alcohol and Drug Foundation. Relapse. Available At: https://adf.org.au/reducing-risk/relapse/. Accessed 12 February 2024.